Toymakers Shop Shopsmith Bandsaw Carter Stabilizer Test

 

Shopsmith Bandsaw With A Carter Stabilizer Test Cut Using A 1/8-inch 14 TPI Blade
Shopsmith Bandsaw With A Carter Stabilizer Test Cut Using A 1/8-inch 14 TPI Blade

Shopsmith Bandsaw With A Carter Stabilizer Test Cut Using A 1/8-inch 14 TPI Blade
Shopsmith Bandsaw With A Carter Stabilizer Test Cut Using A 1/8-inch 14 TPI Blade

Shopsmith bandsaws are different than most bandsaws. They do not have crowned wheels, and they do not have a tracking adjustment. The setup instructions that are shown in the Carter Products demo will not work on a Shopsmith bandsaw. Preloading the blade by pushing it forward 1/8-inch and adjusting the tracking can't be done. You can push the blade forward 1/8-inch, but there is no tracking adjustment. All it accomplishes is to move the blade out of position and make it for it to run off the wheel. A Shopsmith bandsaw has an automatic tracking system pushing it forward disables the auto track.

My solution (so far) is this. Fully retract the Carter Stabilizer and allow the bandsaw blade to track where it should, then adjust the Carter Stabilizer forward until the blade touches the bearing inside the grove.

In the test pictured above, I made the cut in this configuration. It did not cut any better or worse, but the blade was a lot less likely to come off the wheel.


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